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Old February 15 2013, 12:39 AM   #16
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Re: Who has the bridge during duty shifts??

It's really thoughtful of the Federation's enemies to always wait until Alpha shift to attack.
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Old February 15 2013, 01:56 AM   #17
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Re: Who has the bridge during duty shifts??

Or maybe when there's something serious going on, the Alpha Shift takes over regardless of what time of the day if it's comprised mainly of the ship's department heads and other senior personnel.
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Old February 15 2013, 02:13 AM   #18
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Re: Who has the bridge during duty shifts??

Doctors with command rank and a skeleton crew. They are good enough to destroy Borg ships with one shot!
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Old February 15 2013, 04:09 AM   #19
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Re: Who has the bridge during duty shifts??

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It's really thoughtful of the Federation's enemies to always wait until Alpha shift to attack.
Obviously everyone all over the galaxy is on the same sleep cycle. It makes things easier thay way.
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Old February 15 2013, 10:02 AM   #20
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Re: Who has the bridge during duty shifts??

I don't think that has ever been a problem in Star Trek.

After all, for this to be a problem, the enemy would have to be proactive. But Star Trek is about the heroes being the active party. It is them who choose when to engage in an adventure, and this timepoint of their choosing resets the clock for the teaser of each episode. The ship enters the orbit of the target planet with Alpha Shift in charge; the ship responds to the emergency call by summoning Alpha to the bridge and then the teaser begins.

On the other hand, when an episode begins without Alpha in charge, nothing much is happening. "We are en route to a conference" is a classic way to launch a teaser, too.

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Old February 15 2013, 05:46 PM   #21
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Re: Who has the bridge during duty shifts??

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And how would it work on an actual navy vessel?
On an American naval vessel, the "Officer of the Deck" is in charge of the ship, on the bridge. The Captain doesn't spend all of his work day on the bridge in any case. Neither does the XO.

This wikipedia article give the general gist of that the OOD does.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Officer_of_the_deck

During general humdrum operations, there may be no need for the Captain to set foot on the bridge for several days in fact.
The real world question then becomes on an equivalent of an Enterprise class ship who is qualified to be the Officer of The Deck. The Staff Duty Officer in an Army Brigade is normally rotated among the Lieutenants. In TOS we have seen LT Sulu in the role most often.
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